PONTIAC, Mich. - The Oakland County Bar Association and
Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. are jointly
sponsoring a help desk for pro se litigants at the Oakland
The help desk is open on Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
in the lobby of the north entrance of the courthouse, 1200
N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac. Pro se litigants - litigants
acting as their own attorneys - can obtain legal
information and referrals there on a first-come, first-
served basis from staff attorneys from Legal Aid and
Defender or attorneys in private or corporate practice who
are volunteering their time pro bono.
"Pro se litigants have been trying to get help from court
officials, but they can't provide legal advice or
referrals," said Kelly L. Bidelman, managing attorney of
Legal Aid and Defender's offices in Macomb and Oakland counties. "However, the help desk can provide timely legal
information and referrals to these litigants. And we can
help the court by reducing officials' workloads."
"The OCBA is pleased to participate in this program,
recognizing the increased need for pro bono legal
assistance throughout the county, especially in these
difficult economic times," said Michael D. Schloff, an
attorney with the firm of Condit McGarry & Schloff and
president of the OCBA.
For further information on the help desk, please call Legal
Aid and Defender's Oakland County office at (248) 253-1548.
The Oakland County Bar Association offers professional
continuing legal education seminars, camaraderie and
networking, and the opportunity to make a positive
contribution to the legal and justice systems to its more
than 3,000 members. For further information, call (248)
334-3400 or visit http://www.ocba.org/Home.id.2.htm.
Legal Aid and Defender Association provides free civil
legal services to low-income residents of Macomb, Oakland
and Wayne counties from offices in Clinton Township,
Pontiac and Detroit. It also represents criminal
defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for
the Eastern District of Michigan. Anyone seeking legal
services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit
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